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A Close Shave is 25! Plus FREE Shaun the Sheep pattern

25th November 2020


A Close Shave is 25! Plus FREE Shaun the Sheep pattern

On the 24th December 2020, it’s the 25th anniversary of the Wallace & Gromit film ‘A Close Shave’ – a film that also introduced us all the cheeky character Shaun the Sheep.

When we re-watched the film, we were reminded that a lovely local wool shop plays a central part – and without the wonderful Wendolene Ramsbottom’s love of knitting, we would never have had Shaun!

To celebrate this landmark anniversary, we’ve teamed up with Wallace & Gromit to help support our local yarn shops, (just like Wendolene’s) and we’re also offering Knit Now readers a free and exclusive knitting pattern to make your very own Shaun from the film – see below!

This pattern uses yarns which are widely available from small independent yarn shops all over the country. Even if you can’t get out to visit one in person – get in touch with them! Lots of shops now offer their services online and over the phone. Find a local yarn shop using the UK Hand Knitting Association’s handy guide.

Be sure to follow Wallace & Gromit on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube to keep up to date with other fabulous activities to celebrate the anniversary!

Designed by Sachiyo Ishii

“I love Shaun the sheep. We enjoyed watching the videos when my boys were little, and I am delighted to have an opportunity to make him! Enjoy the pattern.”

Tools and materials

Yarn used

DK yarn in cream (A), orange (B), purple (C) and black (D) such as:

Sirdar Snuggly DK
1 ball each in Cream 303 (A), Pumpkin 508 (B) & Violet 488 (C)
Sirdar Hayfield Bonus DK
1 ball in Black 965 (D)

Fluffy DK yarn in white/cream (E), such as:

Sirdar Snuggly Bunny
1 ball in Lamb 3610 (E)

About the yarn
Sirdar Snuggly DK: DK; 165m per 50g ball, 55% nylon, 45% acrylic
Sirdar Hayfield Bonus DK: DK; 140m per 50g ball, 100% acrylic
Snuggly Snuggly Bunny: Aran: 90m per 50g ball, 100% nylon

26 sts x 32 rows = 10cm measured over St st

Needles used
3.5mm straight

Other supplies
oddment of white DK yarn
pair of 8mm safety eyes
all-purpose sewing needle and white thread
toy stuffing
tapestry needle

15cm tall
Start knitting…


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